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% of registered voters say ryan will come out on top, while 34% think biden will prevail. nbc's tracie potts is joining us from washington with a preview of the debate. tracie, good morning. >>> lynn, good morning. the pressure is definitely on . paul ryan somewhat of the underdog because vice president's done this a number of times before, but you can see he's favored in those numbers. he's been in florida, and before that in virginia doing at least three mock debates that we know of. now he's already in kentucky. the vice president will arrive later this afternoon, just hours before that debate begins. we are told he's been in delaware, not only studying ryan's book and his speeches, but his budget as well. apparently expecting to make a big point of that ryan budget tonight. the pressure is certainly on the vice president, after the president's performance at the first debate, the presidential debate in denver last week. he needs to sort of help and pull up the ticket, analysts say. and brand-new poll numbers show that mitt romney made some gains after that presidential debate. he's now l
for the candidates as they try to lock in every last vote before november 6th. nbc's tracie potts has the details for us from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. they are really focusing on the swing states in the final two weeks before the campaign. governor romney and paul ryan in colorado at a rally there talking about why they feel they're close to winning this election. the governor saying those debates super charged his campaign. he's in a virtual tie now in all the major polls. he said the president is slipping. today governor romney will be in nevada, in reno, cedar rapids, and romney in tampa, lakeland and winter park, florida, making three stops there. paul ryan will be in cleveland, ohio. meantime a 20-page booklet outlining what he says is his plan for the next four years, 3.5 million copies. the president said at this event in ohio with vice president biden yesterday that the math in his plan adds up. he's got eight different states he's hitting in the next three days. he'll be today in iowa, colorado, california for a quick stop to take the leno show a
house sooner to monitor the storm. nbc's tracie potts has the latest for us from washington. tracie, what's going on? >> reporter: veronica, as you can see things are changing literally by the hour. the president is going to be here and not in florida this morning. so far here we just have light rain. as you can see these campaigns are taking no chances. >> reporter: governor romney will join ryan's bus tour in ohio. president obama canceled events in virginia and colorado. he'll do one last rally in florida today before heading back to washington. on sunday the president met with fema, the federal emergency management agency overseeing the government's plans to help states and cities. >> anything they need, we will be there. we're going to cut through red tape. we're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules. >> reporter: in florida the president told campaign workers turnout is the key. >> whoever is able to get their voters out, they're the one whose are going to win florida. >> reporter: that could be tough in states where sandy is headed. maryland already canceled early
is back in the white house this morning. nbc's tracie potts joins us now with all the latest from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we're hearing a lot of he said, he said on the campaign trail. when it comes to mitt romney's tax plan, president obama insists it's going to grow the budget. romney says it's not true. >> if he says it's not true, then it's not true. okay. >> reporter: in battleground ohio, president obama insists mitt romney's tax cuts will add $5 trillion to the deficit. >> if it's true it's not going to add to the deficit, that leaves only one option, and that's asking middle class families to foot the bill. >> the president's charge of a $5 trillion tax cut is obviously inaccurate and wrong. >> reporter: romney also in ohio mocked the obama campaign's latest ad mocking his plan to cut funding for pbs. >> big bird. big bird. big bird. he's focused on saving big bird is kind of a strange thing in my view because, you see, i'm focused on helping the american people get good jobs. >> reporter: sesame street's now asked the obama campaign to
monthly jobs report before the election could even be delayed due to sandy. nbc's tracie potts has the latest on that and the candidate's schedules. tracy, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. normally they'd be making their final push a week before election day. but now sandy has reeked havoc not only on the campaigning but on millions of potential voters. instead of campaigning today as planned, president obama is getting briefings at the white house and warning americans. >> please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. when they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. >> reporter: eight states plus washington, d.c. were declared federal disaster areas before the storm hit. west virginia was added early this morning. president clinton filled in in ohio. >> he got up this morning and called me and said i got to go back right now, this storm is getting out of hand. i said, mr. president, that is the right call. >> reporter: governor mitt romney scheduled a storm relief rally in ohio today. he and paul ryan are urging supporters to donate. >>
are getting ready for the first faceoff on wednesday. trac tracie potts has a look. >> reporter: the president is preparing to face mitt romney in denver on wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but, what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are downplaying expectations. romney will be prepared and disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> president obama will be f formidable. i would not under estimate. >> reporter: john kerry playing romney in the weekend rehearsal. looking to press the president on libya and syria. romney calls the foreign policy dangerous. romney's debate plan is clearly and concisely explains how he can fix the economy. >> i expect to be able to describe that in a way people will understand and if they do, i'll get elected. >> reporter: his running mate, paul ryan is preparing for his debate a week away. >> i really believe in the policies we're providing and we're pursuing. at the end of the day, i'm going to go in
if he has written off 47% of america to get richer. the debate happens tonight in denver. tracie potts has the preview. >> reporter: president obama on the right and mitt romney on the left. questions about taxes and health care. the bar is high for the president and predicts romney's aggressiveness is not a fun balance. >> he has the facts. he drills you. he is tenacious. that is the difference between four years ago and this time. >> reporter: the bottom line, democrats say, is who has specifics. >> the american people at home are looking for details. i think you will see president obama continue to do that. >> reporter: nbc's latest poll puts the president three points ahead with romney gaining ground. >> voters are less likely to be hispanic and percentage of people 18 to 29-year-olds dropped. as a consequence of the po poll being slightly older, it moves to mitt romney. >> reporter: more interesting, the battle ground states. romney closing the gap in virginia and florida, but not ohio where the president is maintaining a strong lead into the debate. and despite what we found in t
foreign policy speech in virginia today. nbc's tracie potts joins us now live from washington. good morning. >> veronica. good morning. let's talk about the speech. in it today he tries to draw distinctions. we've seen an advanced copy where mitt romney will now argue america is now weaker against our enemies abroad. mitt romney gives a big foreign policy speech in virginia today, but over the weekend in florida, he focused on taxes and president obama. >> he will ultimately have to raise taxes on middle income taxes by $4,000 a year. >> reporter: since last week's debate, which romney is widely regarded as having won, both sides argued the other was dishonest. >> he was a little taken aback at the brazenness with which governor romney walked away from so many of the positions on which he's run. >> reporter: their truth war now on tv. >> not telling the truth about mitt romney's tax plan. >> this was dishonest. >> i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. >> the governor knows his $5 trillion tax cut isn't too popular, so a few weeks before the election, he's trying to pretend it d
. nbc's tracie potts has more from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. they're raising a lot of money, too. which is why we'll see more of those ads. romney today in iowa and ohio. speaking of campaign slogans, turns out he may end up repeating a new one he coined yesterday. we first heard it on monday. he argued president obama's policies made the world more dangerous. >> the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office. >> reporter: romney promised to create one person to deal with the middle east, arm syria's rebels, sanction iran if needed, expand the navy and push free trade. democrats weren't impressed. >> i'm a professor. if one of my students turned it in, they would get a c because he gave absolutely no specifics. >> reporter: pew has it up four points, gallup says the positive jobs report gave president obama a five-point boost. courting hispanics there, but he also said that mitt romney's debate was more style over substance, that debate really fueling those polls and we'll see if it's affected by the vice presid
will be more aggressive, and mitt romney's camp says he'll be ready. for details, we go now to nbc's tracie potts for the latest. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. aides say that the president has seen the tape of the last debate, that he was disappointed but that he is determined not to make the same mistakes tomorrow. >> hello everybody, hello, hello. >> reporter: president obama taking a break. advisors say expect a more aggressive president to challenge mitt romney tomorrow night. >> he's got to be more energetic. i think you'll see somebody who's very passionate about the choice that our country faces. >> we saw governor romney sort of serially walk away from his own proposals and certainly the president's going to be willing to challenge him on it. >> the president can change his style, he can change his tactics. he can't change his record and he can't change his policies. >> reporter: mitt romney's doing debate prep on the road. saturday he was in ohio. >> i need you to get other people who voted for barack obama to come join our team. we need ohio. >> reporte
romney and president obama showing off some chops. we have tracie potts with more. >> reporter: most of it about the first presidential debate. >> i'm really well rested after the nice long nap i had in the first debate. >> big bird didn't even see it coming. >> reporter: on "the daily show," gauging the first lady's reaction. >> do you know which debate was which? >> cute. cute, jon. >> reporter: no jokes about the latest poll. president obama leading iowa and virginia. today, the president in virginia and governor romney in florida and running mates are exchanges words on the campaign trail. about paul ryan's book, "young guns." >> you had -- unfortunately, the bullets ran to you. >> president obama said that he can't change washington from the inside. go ahead. isn't that why we elect presidents? >> reporter: this weekend, the candidates go back into study mode for monday's final debate. that debate will be on foreign policy. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >> we look forward to the boxing gloves. >>> the excitement over the meteor over the bay area is not ready to fade. some
of foreign policy is more timely than ever. nbc's tracie potts has a preview for us from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. a lot on the table. 200 people stormed the parliament building in libya. we saw violence in lebanon with five people wounded this morning. a 9-year-old girl there killed over the weekend. syria, that civil war continuing, and all of it very likely to come up at this debate tonight. tonight's debate is going to be a little bit different. the format is going to be similar, but the candidates will be seated, no notes, no props. six 15-minute segments, including the afghan war, israel, iran, where the white house is denying they are agreeing to talks on the nuclear program so far. china, the middle east. over the weekend, we saw the president at camp david where he's behind closed doors preparing for this final debate. governor romney took a bit of a football break amid his preparations over the weekend. libya very likely to come up as an issue with both of them. the governor has been pressing president obama to explain why the disconnect early o
of ohio. we have tracie potts with the latest on the race for the white house. >> reporter: president obama is back at the white house this morning after hitting eight states in two days, including something we have never seen before. >> you are right. >> reporter: a president voting early. >> it means you don't have to figure out whether you need to take time off work to figure out how to pick up the kids and still cast your ballot. if something happens on election day. >> reporter: if there is any doubt which state could swing the election, the president wrapped his tour in ohio. >> i have come to ohio today to ask you for your vote. >> reporter: governor romney spent all day in ohio. >> now that's an ohio welcome. thank you! >> reporter: and paul ryan launches a bus tour in ohio this weekend. >> the choice is yours on november 6th. >> reporter: today, governor romney is in iowa talking about the economy after greeting a crowd of 12,000 at a concert last night in ohio. >> this campaign is growing. the momentum is building. we're taking back america and it's coming soon. >> reporter:
on the families. >> reporter: tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >>> the stock markets are closed for the second straight day. scott mcgrew says officials at the two largest exchanges are working hard to make sure the shutdown does not extend to a third consecutive day. >> good morning. if the markets were closed tomorrow, that would be a problem. tomorrow is the last day of the month. the day the books are closed on stock contracts and portfolios. the nyse is running tests on the secondary system just in case the closure lasts through a third day. they will be able to make the trades they need to tomorrow. this really isn't a computer issue as much as a people issue. you can't get in or out of lower manhattan. streets closed and mass transit is shutdown. now the u.s. department of labor has updated us this morning saying it will release the october jobs numbers as scheduled. remember, this will be the last time we will see those all important numbers before the presidential election. those will come on friday. hopefully everything back to normal by then. back to you. >> all right. scott mcgrew,
obama will be touring new jersey's devastated coast with republican ghuf chris christie. tracie potts has the latest on that from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. less than one week from the election, governor romney is cautiously venturing back out on to the campaign trail. president obama still focused on the storm. today the campaign is back on. sort of. paul ryan has rallies in wisconsin, the vice president in florida, avoiding questions about fema. >> and i pleerappreciate your n generosity. >> president obama is not back on the campaign trail until tomorrow, he's still dealing with sandy's after math. >> i told the mayors and governors if it they're getting no for an answer somewhere in the federal government, they can call me personally at the white house. >> reporter: today the president visits new jersey where six days before the election, he got a pat on the back from republican rival governor chris christie. >> the president has been outstanding about this. i don't give a damn about election day. >> i don't think anybody thought much about
ever. nbc's tracy potts has a preview for us from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. israel, iran, syria, lib non, libya, of course. it is all expected to come up at that debate tonight. the debate is going to look a lot different, as we take a look at the debate preps in boca raton, florida. both candidates will be seated tonight. no props, no notes or anything like that. and they've got six 15-minute segments where they'll talk about the war in afghanistan, america's role in the world, and of course, the middle east and the new face of terror as it's described by the moderator, bob schieffer, who chose those topics. expect president obama, who was at camp david over the weekend preparing for this, to talk about whether or not governor romney is ready. he's got a new ad out insisting that the governor is not ready for primetime when it comes to national security. he will also probably talk about the governor's quick reaction to the deaths in libya. meantime, governor romney, very likely to talk about the inconsistencies within the administration about what w
and only vice- presidential debate starts at 9:00 p.m. tracie potts has a look at the latest numbers and what we can expect heading into tonight's a face-off. >> you're ready for tomorrow night? >> paul ryan says he is ready to take on the vice president. >> we think he will come at me like a cannonball. [inaudible] >> ryan design kentucky after several days of debate in florida and virginia -- is in kentucky. the vice-president has been in a delaware, studying ryan's books, speeches, and his budget. >> i want to make sure that when i say these things, that i do not say them say, no, no, i do not have that position. >> there is a lot of pressure on vice-president joe biden to take the fight to paul ryan in an attempt to slow mitt romney's momentum from last week's debate. >> the white house not addressing the president's performance in november but says this about next week's presidential debate. >> it is not about him or his opponent, not about one party or the other. it is about, what would you do? what will you do when you get into office? >> tonight, the number two men face off.
. tracy potts has this story. >> what are we doing here? [laughter] >> lots of laughs at this charity dinner in new york last night. >> i was really well rested. >> big bird did not even see it coming. >> gauging the first lady's reaction to both debates. >> do you know which debate was which? [laughter] >> but no jokes about the latest polls. president obama leading iowa and wisconsin. today the president is in virginia, governor romney is in florida, and they're running mate are exchanging words on the campaign trail. >> you had unfortunately the bullets ran to you. [laughter] >> president obama said he cannot change washington from the inside. isn't that why we elect presdients? >> this weekend the candidate go back to study for their final debate. >> coming up, the boy scouts of america open hundreds of files on suspected or known child abusers. plus, police are in a standoff outside a hotel >> the boy scouts of america opened hundreds of files they kept on a known or suspected child abusers after attorneys fought to make the files public. they decal 1247 cases of the abusers and
'll be ready. for details, we go now to nbc's tracie potts. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. aides say that the president has seen the tape of the last debate, that he was disappointed and that he doesn't plan to make the same mistakes again. >> hello, everybody. hello. hole low. >> reporter: president obama taking a break from his weekend debate prep in williamsburg, virginia. >> it is going great. >> reporter: advisers say expect a more aggressive president obama to challenge mitt romney tomorrow night. >> he's got to be more energetic. i think you'll see somebody who's very passionate about the choice that our country faces. >> we saw governor romney sort of serially walk away from his own proposals and certainly the president's going to be willing to challenge him on it. >> the president can change his style, he can change his tactics. he can't change his record and he can't change his policies. >> reporter: mitt romney's doing debate prep on the road. saturday he was in ohio. >> i need you to get other people who voted for barack obama to come join our team. w
does have an advantage, but governor romney of course going after their votes. tracie potts is on capitol hill this morning with the latest. >> a single mom who doesn't know whether they'll be able to put food on the table at the end of the week. >> reporter: governor romney with few references to women last night after tuesday's debate comment that seems to have taken on a life of its own. >> i went to a number of women's groups and said can you you help us find folks and they brought us binders full of women. >> reporter: the binders reference going viral online and now on the campaign trail. >> binders full of qualified women as if, my god, they exist! binders. folks, talk about out of touch. >> we tonight have to order dono order up some binders to find talented driven young women. >> he totally getting working women. >> reporter: new ads aimed at women highlight those who worked for him. his campaign points out massachusetts women's groups applauded the governor almost half his appointee were women. latest poll shows president obama won the last debate by a 15% margin,
ready for their first face-off on wednesday. >> tracie potts has more on what you can expect. >> the president is behind closed doors for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney on wednesday. >> he is a good debater. i'm just ok. but what i am most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> both sides are downplaying expectations. mitt romney will be prepared and aggressive. mitt romney's debate porter calls the president a tough debater. >> barack obama will be a formidable. it will be a good debate. >> john kerry is playing romney. republicans urge him to press him on libya. brown recalls president obama's foreign-policy dangers. the plan is how he can fix the economy. >> i will be able to explain that in a way that people will understand. >> paul ryan is preparing for its own debate it week away. >> i believe in the policies that we're providing an pursuing. i will go in there and be me. >> both candidates preparing their post debate rallies. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> 5:48. 50 degrees at the airpo
to virginia. >> tracie potts has a look at one.d >> the point of this debate was to make differences clear. on lowering the debt. we now have trillion dollars deficits. >> you said you would cut the deficit in half. >> the way we do it is $2.50 for every cut we ask for a dollar of additional revenue paid for by asking those of us who have done well to contribute a little more to reduce the deficit. >> the president insisted romney would spend $5 trillion on tax breaks favoring the wealthy. >> it shows that is not a recipe for job growth. >> everything you just said about my tax plan is not accurate. >> they clashed on wall street and medicare. >> cutting $716 billion for medicare to be able to balance thet additional cost of obamacare is a mistake. >> if you repeal obamacare, what happens is those seniors will be paying $600 more in subscription care. -- in prescription care. >> i don't know how the president could come into office and face rising unemployment and an economic crisis at the kitchen table and fighting for obamacare instead of fighting for jobs for the american people. >> we
and mitt romney squared off for 90 minutes last night in denver. tracy potts is live in denver now with the latest on the debate. >> reporter: good morning, everyone, from denver, where the pressure was on for mitt romney to perform to back up his ideas with details, taking on the man that even some republicans had described as one of the most skilled debaters in modern politics. the point of this debate was to make differences clear, on lowering the desmt. >> you said you'd cut the deficit in half, it's now four years later, we have trillion-dollar deficits. >> the way we do it is for every $2.50 of additional debt, we ask for a dollar, paid for by those doing very well to contribute a little more to reduce the deficit. >> reporter: the president insisted romney would spend five trillion on tax breaks favoring the wealthy. >> math, common sense, and our history shows us that's not a recipe for job growth. >> everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> they clashed on wall street, whether banks should be too big to fail, and medicare. >> cutting $716 billion from me
the most. nbc tracie potts has the latest for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we're on the south side of that storm dumping so much rain. so far light rain. we have not yet felt the full effects of sandy but the wages aren't taking any chances. with the storm on the way romney canceled rallies in north carolina in the storm's path. instead he'll join paul ryan's bus tour in ohio. >> our thoughts and prayers are with the people who will find themselves in harm's way. >> reporter: president obama canceled events in virginia and colorado and will do one last rally in florida before heading to washington. he met with fema overseeing the government's plans to help states and cities. >> anything they need, we will be there. and we're going to cut through red tape. we're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rule. >> reporter: in florida he told campaign workers, turnout is the key. >> whoever is able to get their voters out will win florida. >> reporter: that could be tough in states where sandy is headed. maryland has canceled early voting and virginia, a battlegr
to be the topic around the water cooler. >> how are the voters reacting? tracie potts has the latest look at the numbers. >> governor romney -- >> they clashed almost from the beginning. >> i had a question. >> you want me to answer a question. i am happy to answer the question. >> amid the confusion -- >> i want to make sure -- >> they did address issues like jobs. >> he has hit one. to make sure folks at the top play by a different set of rules. >> i will not reduce the share that is being faced by them. >> which loopholes are you going to close? he cannot tell you. >> the 47% governor romney called victims. >> think about who he was talking about. >> the president has tried but his policies have not worked. >> president obama took the blame for deaths in libya. >> i am the president and i'm always responsible. >> he did not initially call libya a terrorist act. >> it took him 14 days. >> get the transcript. >> he did in fact, sir. >> there was a clear bid from both candidates for female voters. president obama is back on the campaign trail in iowa. governor romney in virginia today. tr
romney will be talking politics. tracie potts has the latest from washington. >> today the campaign is back on, sort of. paul ryan as rallies in wisconsin. avoiding questions about fema after collecting supplies for storm victims. >> i appreciate your generosity. it is part of the american spirit. >> president obama is dealing dy's aftermath.fterma >> i told the mayors and governors they can call me personally at the white house. >> the president has been outstanding. i didn't give a damn about election day. ck to me.atter a link to >> the president is not scheduled to visit new york. >> we may see a long lines today. early voting resumes in maryland and washington, d.c. new jersey might be moving some polling places. west virginia may bring in portable generators. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> you can download are new smartphone app. >> 5:40. 41 degrees at the airport. nobody wants their house to get egged. >> there are some alternatives. some health your suggestions -- some healthier suggestions. >> we're music: guitar, clapping and whistling throughout. multivitamin coming in
. tracie potts explains the different format for the debate. >> how did it go, senator? >> great. >> mitt's confident. mitt's got a good presence about him. >> team obama with a cheerleader in the wings. >> i made sure i always give him that positive love. >> the candidates will be pushing their own agendas. >> these debates give us the ability to cut through the clutter and give people a clear choice. >> why the obama-biden ticket is the one that will keep the country moving in the right direction. >> a say obama will bring up the 47% comment. romney will bring up the administration snafu on libya. secretary of state clinton taking responsibility. >> i did not think we want to get into it blame game. >> president obama is ahead by two points, essentially a tie. bill clinton and bruce springsteen for the democrats all in battleground ohio. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> for more coverage, visit our website, wbaltv.com. just click on politics. >> it was a close win for the ravens on sunday. the darius webcam and ray lewis will miss the rest of the season -- lardarius webb and ray lewis
this morning after a fun night on the campaign trail. tracie potts has more. >> what are we doing here? >> lots of laughs at this charity event in new york. >> i feel arrested after the nice long nap i had in the first debate. >> big bird did not see it coming. >> caging the first lady's reaction to both debates. >> do you know which debate was which? >> but no jokes about the latest poll. he can lose every other swing state and still win the election. today the president is in virginia. governor romney is in a florida. paul ryan's book. >> you had the bullets aimed at you. >> president obama said he cannot change washington from the inside. isn't that why we elect presidents? >> this weekend the candidates go back into study mode for monday's final debate appeared to focus on the final debate will be foreign policy. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thousands of veterans will have access to a campus-based psychologist. the program is designed to link veterans to psychological services. it is at towson university. >> 64 degrees at the airport. we talked a lot about sleep. a lack of sleep can af
. mitt romney's camp says he will be ready. tracie potts has more. >> president obama taking a break. advisers say they expect a more aggressive president obama to challenge mitt romney. >> he has to be more energetic. >> we saw governor romney walkaway from his own proposals and the president will be willing to challenge him on it. >> the president can change his style and tactics but it cannot change his record and policies. >> mitt romney was in ohio on saturday. >> we need ohio. >> he could probably win without ohio. >> his campaign says the plan to get thousands of new volunteers. resident obama's lead in ohio has narrowed. president obama is up 18 points among early voters. >> virtually unchanged since the last debate. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> great time to be a baltimore sports fan. the orioles ended an amazing season. >> the ravens have the best record in the afc. 108 yard kickoff return for a touchdown by jacoby jones. that tied an nfl record. the cowboys would come back. dallas had one more chance to win. dan bailey missed a field goal. keith mills will have highli
have team coverage this morning. jennifer franciotti is live on federal help. tracie potts is live in washington. >> governor romney -- >> they clashed almost from the beginning. >> i had a question. >> you want me to answer a question. i am happy to answer the question. >> amid the confusion -- >> if i could have to dodge they did address issues like jobs, taxes. >> he has hit one. plan, to make sure folks at the top play by a different set of rules. >> i will not reduce the share that is being faced by them. >> the 47% governor romney called victims. >> think about who he was talking about. >> the president has tried but his policies have not worked. >> i am the president and i'm always responsible. >> he did not initially called libya a terrorist act. >> it took him 14 days. >> get the transcript. >> there was a clear bid from both candidates for female voters. governor romney in virginia today. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> president obama and mitt romney were debating in new york. bill clinton was giving a speech in baltimore. no crews were allowed inside. >> this is part
polls and election day just three weeks away. nbc's tracie potts has that story. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. the candidates hope tonight's debate are more engaging and both sides say they're ready. >> great. >> reporter: team romney, full of confidence. >> one thing i know for sure. mitt's prepared. mitt's confident. mitt's got a good presence about him. >> reporter: team obama with a cheer leader in the wings. >> i'm smiling, giving a thumbs up if i can see it. i assume that he can. i make sure i'm always giving him that positive love. >> reporter: this second debate is a town hall format with questions from the audience and the candidates pushing their own agendas. >> these debates are giving us the ability to cut through the clutter and give people a very clear choice. >> there needs to be a more compelling economic argument made tomorrow night about why the obama/biden ticket is really the one that's going to keep the country moving in the right direction. >> reporter: aides say the president will bring up romney's vague tax map and the 47% he dismissed
just three weeks away. nbc's tracie potts has that story. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. expect this to be more interactive. both sides say they are ready. team romney. >> a good presence about him. >> reporter: team obama with a cheerleadr in the wings. >> i'm smiling. i'm giving a thumbs up if he can see it. i assume he can. i make sure i'm always giving him that positive love. >> reporter: this second debate is a town hall format with questions from the audience and candidates pushing their own agendas. >> these debates are giving us the ability to cut through the clutter and give people a very clear choice. >> there needs to be a more compelling economic argument made tomorrow night about why the obama/biden ticket is one that's going to keep the country moving in the right direction. >> reporter: aides say romney will bring up the vague tax map and the 47% dismissed in remarks caught on camera. initially calling the death of four americans there part of a riot, not a terror attack. reuters daily tracking poll still has president obama ahead by two points, es
. nbc's tracie potts has the latest from washington. tracie, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. less than a week away from this campaign and governor romney is now cautiously venturing back onto the campaign trail. president obama still really tied up with dealing with the storm. so the campaign is back on sort of. we've got paul ryan who is back out in wisconsin today. vice president biden in florida, and so is governor romney. he's got three stops in florida today. he was in ohio yesterday collecting supplies and thanking supporters for helping those storm victims and also avoiding questions about fema, the federal emergency management agency and their response to the storm. meantime, president obama probably won't be back on the campaign trail until tomorrow in colorado at the earliest. today, as you mentioned, he's visiting new jersey and getting a pat on the pack from new jersey governor chris christie who says the president has done an outstanding job so far with the recovery effort after the storm. meantime, the president will not be visiting new york city. mayor
before november 6th. nbc's tracie potts has details for us from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. they're doing it by crisscrossing this country, hitting the battleground states. let's talk about governor romney. is he in nevada and iowa today. he's going to be in ohio tomorrow after last night rallying with his running mate, paul ryan. he had a huge rally in colorado, in addition to that "washington post"/abc poll there's a virtual tie in the latest reuters poll. he's only one point behind, essentially a tie. he says that president obama is slipping because he's promoting the same ideas, nothing new for the next four years. meantime, the obama/biden team in dayton, ohio late last night at a rally. the president showing off yesterday a new booklet that he says details his plan for the next four years. one that he says where the math adds up. he has a huge campaign schedule over the next three days in eight states including iowa, colorado and california and an appearance on jay leno tonight. >>> the white house and state department were advised an
. this comes as romney closes in on president obama's lead in the polls. nbc's tracie potts live on capitol hill with the latest. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: aaron, good morning. good morning, everyone. he'll be at virginia military institute, his ninth address since summer before last on foreign policy. he expects to draw differences -- show differences, draw a contrast between himself and president obama on a number of issues. key points, including hot spots is syria, libya, egypt. he's expected to talk about having a strong military without cuts to defense, and israel being a strong ally of the united states. specifically on libya, he will say that al qaeda was behind the deaths of our ambassador and three others there, that it was the deliberate work of terrorists -- that's a quote from the advance of his speech -- not the video that's been talked about so much and that it was the same group that attacked on 9/11. on syria, he will urge america to arm the rebels who may end up being in a position of authority there. and in egypt, he will suggest tying the $1 billion in aid we giv
, taxes and the future of health care. nbc's tracie potts is in denver for us. she has a preview. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. the pressure was on for romney to perform, to back up his ideas with details, taking on the man that even republicans called one of the most skilled debaters in modern politics. the point of this debate was to make differences clear on lowering the debt. >> you said you'd cut the deficit in half. it's four years later, we still have trillion-dollar deficit. >> the way we do is for additional cut, we ask for a dollar of additional revenue, paid for, as i indicated earlier, by asking those of us who have done very well in this country to contribute a little bit more to reduce the deficit. >> reporter: the president insisted romney would spend $5 trillion on tax breaks favoring the wealthy. >> math, common sense and our history shows us that's not a recipe for job growth. >> everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> reporter: they clashed on wall street, whether banks should be too big to fail, and medicare. >> cu
the president gears up in nevada. nbc's tracy potts joins us with washington from the latest. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we get an interesting perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared candidates and in his prediction, few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are downplaying expectations. a senior aide to the president says romney will be prepared, disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> barack obama is going to be formidable and i think it will be a good debate, but i certainly would not underestimate what barack obama brings to it. >> reporter: john kerry's playing romney with the president. in a weekend memory, republicans urged kerry to press the president on lib
education and health care. tracie potts is in denver for us covering all the details. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. the pressure was on for romney to perform, back up his ideas with details, taking on one of the most skilled debaters in modern politics. the point was to make differences clear. >> you said you would cut the deficit in half, it's four years later. >> the way we do it is $2.50 for every cut. we ask for $1 additional revenue. pay for by asking those of us who have done well to contribute more to reduce the deficit. >> reporter: the president insisted romney would spend $5 million. >> math, common sense and history shows it's not a recipe of job growth. >> everything he said about my plan is inaccurate. >> reporter: medicare -- >> cutting from medicare to balance the additional cost of obama care is a mistake. >> if you repeal obama care, and i have become fond of this term, obama care, if you repeal it, those seniors are going to pay more for prescriptions. >> reporter: the exchange over health care and jobs. >> i don't know how the president could come into
will prevail. nbc news's tracie potts joins us. >>> the pressure is definitely on vice president biden to turn things around. he's got the experience on the debate stage to do so, but as you saw in those numbers, it looks like the public is betting more on paul ryan. ryan took a bit of an excursion yesterday while he was practicing in florida saying that the vice president will probably come at me like a cannonball but that the obama record, as ryan put it, is his akil lee's heel. he's in kentucky, ryan is, after debate prep in florida and georgia. he's done three mock debates. meanwhile, the vice president has been in delaware focusing on ryan's book, speeches and budget. he wants to give ryan no chance to say this was not our position. the white house reluctant to address the debate last week saying that next week the president wants to focus on governing, but as you saw, it looks like a lot of people think this week the debate may go to ryan. we'll find out tonight. lynn. >> we sure will. tracie pots for us in washington. tracie, thank you. you can watch live coverage of the debate from dan
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